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YEAR BOOK OF THE 

OLD SEHLERS' ASSOCIATION 




JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA 

1915-1916 



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THE OLD SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION 
OF JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA 

1915 



ANNUAL MEETING OF 1915 

The annual gathering of the old settlers of Johnson 
County was held on September 18, 1915, at the City Park. 
The day was bright and clear and all that could be desired. 
The old settlers came in goodly numbers, considering the 
changes in dates owing to stormy weather on former days 
appointed for the gathering. A telegram from Senator 
Kenyon, the speaker of the day, announced his inability to 
be present owing to the serious illness of his mother. For- 
tunately President Thomas H. Macbride of the State Uni- 
versity was prevailed upon to give a short but very inter- 
esting address, which with the short talks by old settlers, 
occupied the time and pleased the audience. 

The cabins were constantly filled and many complimen- 
tary remarks were heard on the architecture and finish of 
the cabins. The collection of ox yokes, spinning wheels, 
grain cradles, old time muskets and other pioneer imple- 
ments was the source of endless stories from the old set-r 
tiers and a great curiosity to the younger people. 

Major Ira J. Alder presented a resolution to the effect 
that whereas the keys of the old cabins on the fair grounds 
had been furnished to the Secretary of the Society, the old 
cabins should be preserved as long as they would stand and 
as long as the Fair management will permit. 



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The following officers for the ensuing year were elected : 

President W. P. Hohenschuh 

First Vice-President Milton Remley 

Second Vice-President W. T. Peatt 

Secretary , H. J. Wieneke 

Treasurer 0. A. Byington 

Necrologist Mks. G. E. Ikish 

The collection of dues for the day amounted to $50.30. 

President Hohenschuh appointed the following members 
of the Executive Committee for the ensuing year: Emery 
Westcott, S. C. Jones, J. J. Metzger, Miss Elizabeth Irish, 
John McCollister and Horace Sanders. 

The following committees were selected by the Executive 
Committee: On speakers and editors of the annual, 0. A. 
Byington and Elizabeth Irish; on publication, H. J. Wien- 
eke; on grounds, J. J. Metzger. On motion, Mr. Metzger 
was authorized to employ two men in preparing for the 
annual picnic. F. F. Luse and Frank Stackman were ap- 
pointed official coifee makers. 



(From Daily Press) 

FEIENDS MOURN DEATH OF MRS. MARY 0. 
COLDREN, A BELOVED PIONEER RESI- 
DENT OF IOWA CITY, IOWA 

Sadness reigned in many a home in Iowa City when a 
message came from Kansas City, Missouri, announcing the 
death of Mrs. Mary 0. Coldren, on J anuary 24, 1915, at the 
home of her son Stevens A. Coldren in the metropolis. 

The remains of this beloved pioneer were brought hith- 
er, and the services were held at the Presbyterian church. 

Hers was a long and useful life of beautiful service. In 
Iowa City and Johnson County her memory will be cher- 
ished forever. Monuments to her fame, and worth, in the 




MRS. MAEY O. COLDEEN 



Johnson County, Iowa 



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shape of institutions devoted to eleemosynary causes, rear 
their crests heavenward, and within voices have been lifted 
in praiseful song, invoking heaven's blessings upon this 
good woman. 

Today, these voices are sad in cadence, but still they tell 
of Mrs. Coldren's goodness, and still they are dedicated to 
prayer and benisons, for many grateful men and women 
owe the sunshine of their declining days, as they descend 
the slopes that lead to the Great Hereafter, to this estimable 
pioneer. 

She founded the Mary 0. Coldren Home for Aged Wom- 
en, in Iowa City, the institution that is still doing its noble 
work for venerable Mothers in Israel' ^ Her son, Stevens 
A. Coldren, presented the Home to Iowa City, as a gift to a 
grand cause, and the dedication was in his mother's name. 
Mother and son gave much, also, in its support subse- 
quently. 

She was very active in arousing the public interest in an 
effort to house properly and to care for the unfortunate 
poor and incurably insane at the County Home, beyond the 
marge of the placid Iowa Eiver, and the fruitage of her 
splendid efforts many years ago was the erection of the 
commodious quarters now used for this praiseworthy pur- 
pose. 

In kindred circles, long and earnestly she labored other- 
wise. Throughout a quarter of a century she devoted her 
talents and energies to *^The Silent Ministry", an organ- 
ization whose work was all for the good of the suffering 
and the needy, whose deserts were greater than their for- 
tunes by far. She was an active member of the Ladies' 
Improvement League, and the Mother of the Garbage Sys- 
tem of Iowa City. 

Sweet Charity" never knew an abler or more active 
and energetic coadjutor in Iowa City. 

Mrs. Coldren was a woman of talents, as well as noble 
aggressiveness in fields of Christian endeavor. 



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She was one of the early students of the school which 
later became the State University of Iowa, as the march of 
years advanced from the days it was known as the Nor- 
mal.'' 

Her ability, following her school days, was recognized 
by city and county educational authorities, and by the pub- 
lic at large. 

Thus she became one of the early and most efficient of 
the county's teachers. In Iowa City she filled a chair in the 
Third Ward, where her service as an instructor laid the 
foundation for the higher education and the entrance into 
the business and professional field of many of our present 
successful men and women. 

With the greatness of her heart and the nobility of her 
soul ever finding outlet in service for others she dedicated 
her mental gifts to the development of ideas and plans for 
the aid and uplift of others. 

She was ever interested in widows, and especially those 
whose large families made the struggle for existence a 
problem ofttimes. Likewise, in young women whose paths, 
without the guiding hand and cheering voice of elder 
friends, are sometimes shadowed by cruel Fate, Mrs. 
Coldren was always eager to show interest that crystallized 
into action. 

Again, as illustrated by her services in * * The Silent Min- 
istry," the County Home, and the Mary 0. Coldren Home 
for Aged Women," and other kindred institutions, her de- 
votion to the aged, especially of her own sex, has been 
conspicuous. 

She was a woman of strong religious convictions, but be- 
lieved that '^religion" spelled more than mere words or 
attendance upon church although she served faithfully in 
the Presbyterian church also. 

Into her life, moreover, she carried the intuitions and 
inspirations of real religion, and she made her faith syn- 
onymous with work. 



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Thus, into the lives of others she brought brightness, 
hope, happiness, and good cheer, where erstwhile reigned 
gloom, despondency, suffering and sorrow. 

From infancy to ripe old age, Mrs. Coldren passed her 
life in the city and county she loved so wholly and truly. 

She was born in Stark County, Illinois, March 22, 1840, 
and was thus 74 years, 10 months, and 1 day of age when 
summoned to the great beyond. 

She was the daughter of Abel and Eosannah Stevens, 
and was christened Mary Olive Stevens. She removed with 
her parents to Johnson County when but one year of age, 
and thereafter Iowa City was her home throughout the 
seventy-four years that followed. 

She was married here on March 26, 1868, to John Coldren, 
who in after years was one of Johnson County ^s early and 
most trustworthy and efficient sheriffs. 

To this union were born three children, two of whom 
survive. 

Clymer A. Coldren, who died March 29, 1914, was County 
Attorney of Muscatine County for a number of years. 

Surviving are Stevens A. Coldren of Kansas City, Mis- 
souri, one of the most prominent real estate men west of 
the Mississippi Eiver; and Paul A. Coldren, who has been 
associated with him in business, in a highly successful man- 
ner. All three of these worthy sons of a worthy mother 
were graduates of the College of Law of the State Univer- 
sity of Iowa. 

Though death has claimed one of them, he had won his 
way in the world ere the end came, and had justified the 
faith that was iji the mother who had rightly guided him. 
The other two sons, having wrought out success through 
their own efforts and energies, followed likewise the direct- 
ing guidance of a mother they fairly worshipped. 

Today they may truly **rise and call her blessed,'' for 
unto them she has been a devoted, adoring mother, who has 
placed their feet on the solid ground, and pointed to the 



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straight and narrow path that has led to righteous liv- 
ing, earnest endeavor, and sure success. 

Their sorrow is great, and their hearts are heavy, but 
they have the consolation that comes with the conscious- 
ness that an entire community shares their grief with them, 
and tenders deep and heartfelt sympathy. 

Thus a good life has ended after three score years and 
ten, Mary 0. Coldren has gone to her reward. 

Thus a life has ended here after more than three score 
years of sacred service to God and His best beloved, the 
^ ^ common people, ' ' of whom Abraham Lincoln declared the 
Creator must have loved them best, since of them He cre- 
ated most. 

It was a life that radiated sunshine ; ennobled a self-abne- 
gation; and idealized Charity — ^which is but another name 
of Love. 

Mary 0. Coldren sleeps; her earthly labors are ended; 
but a loving, grateful community, remembering her service 
and her self-sacrifice ; her goodness and her works of well- 
doing, will cherish her name and her memory in their hearts 
and souls for ever and aye. 



IDENTIFICATION OF THE OLD HUMMEE BELL BY 
THE LATE GENERAL CHAELES W. lEISH 
OF IOWA CITY, IOWA 

By Elizabeth Ikish 

In 1895 General Charles W. Irish (a son of Captain F. M. 
Irish), of the United States Office of Irrigation Inquiry, 
Washington, D. C, and his daughter, Elizabeth, were trav- 
eling through the West in the interest of the Agricultural 
Bureau, making a study of crops, soil and locations for 
United States reservoirs. When in Utah he made the ac- 
quaintance of a large number of pioneer Mormons and in 




GENEEAL CHAELES W. lEISH 
Who Identified ' ' Hummer 's Bell ' ' 



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conversation with these people he mentioned pioneer days, 
and related to them what he remembered regarding their 
crossing Iowa on their way across the plains to the Golden 
West and the taking of the noted Hummer belP\ They 
became very much interested in this bell story and asked if 
he had any means by which he could identify the bell. Mr. 
Irish stated that he had seen the bell many times, and that 
the name of the foundry and city were stamped on the bell. 
They stated to Mr. Irish that they had an old bell which 
Brigham Young had brought across the plains with him, 
and that it was stored in an outbuilding in connection with 
the Tithing House. They invited General Irish and his 
daughter, Elizabeth, to meet them at the Tithing House the 
next day and they would with him examine the bell, and see 
if it contained the marks he had stated were on the old 
* ^ Hummer Bell ' \ The bell was brought forth and then men 
all armed with magnifying glasses, soon found the name of 
the foundry and city which General Irish had told them 
was imprinted on the bell. After the identification, General 
Irish asked for their history of the bell. They stated it was 
first used for church purposes, and to call the workmen 
to their work each day — and in later years when Brigham 
Young built a private school house for his own children, 
the bell was placed in a cupola on it and was used to call the 
children to school. When their new school house was built, 
the old bell was retired to the Tithing House, and was al- 
most forgotten; when the General's history of the bell was 
given them it brought the historic bell back into the world 
again, and it immediately became more valuable to the 
Mormons than at first — love nor money could not obtain it 
from them at that time — -but these old pioneers gave the 
General their word of honor, stating when all the old pio- 
neer Mormons had passed away, the bell, of course, would 
not be of interest to the younger generation, and that they 
would consent to have the Hummer BelP' pass to the 
General or his daughter. 



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On February 7, 1911, the Old Mormon Tithing House at 
Salt Lake City was remodelled and the contents thereof 
scattered and the old Hummer BelP^ was then placed in 
the Mormon Historical Chamber of that city, where it 
can now be viewed by interested visitors. 

I have my doubts if this bell will ever leave its present 
ownership, as the pioneer Mormons and younger genera- 
tion, since the identification of the Hummer BelP^ by 
Gen. Charles W. Irish, have become so interested in this 
pioneer relic I do not believe I could induce them to keep 
the promise made by the Bishop, who was present, when 
Mr. Irish identified the bell. 

I quote from a letter from a Mormon friend who obtained 
the following picture of the old Hummer BelP* for me: 
*/You may be sure if anyone gets that bell, it will be Miss 
Elizabeth Irish.'' 



HUMMEE'S BELL 

By Samuel Magill. 

The Presbyterian church, pretty high in the steeple, 

That bell was held in high esteem by all who heard it sound : 

It rung so loud it could be heard for many miles around. 

The minister who labored there did not exactly suit : 
The people thought they'd let him slide, but he was rather 
cute. 

He did not get his salary for which they had agreed, 
And he was bound to have it, and he knew he could succeed. 

And he formed a plan which to Margrave he did tell : 
He would ascend the steeple, and let down the handsome 
bell. 

He put up a long ladder, went up to the steeple door, 
And the bell came down with a rush and landed on the floor. 




THE FAMOUS HUMMER BELL 



Johnson County^ Iowa 



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Then came on his trouble : the ladder was taken away, 
And he was up in the steeple — and there he had to stay. 
He preached a louder sermon than he ever preached before,' 
Which pleased those who heard him, for they all laughed 
the more. . 

VanFleet sent up a wagon, and the bell was loaded in ; ; 
And the driver never thought he had committed a sin. 
He took the bell to a rapid creek, and sunk it very deep ; 
And there it stayed for months, while Hummer was left to 
weep. 

And when the crowd dispersed, Margrave put up the ladder : 
Then Hummer hurried down, and no man was ever madder. 
And when he found the bell was gone — ^just spirited away— r 
He knew his case was hopeless, and he had no more to say. 

That night the people assembled at the Crummey hotel. 
Where Hummer, Margrave and Clark were planning to get 
the bell. 

Magill was then elected to demand the missing arm : 
He told them to give it up, or the crowd might do them 
harm. 

They all declared they did not know where it could be found. 
For none of them had seen the arm while they were moving 
around. 

The committee then reported just what it had to tell : 
That the missing arm was lost of the famous Hummer Bell. 

Next day they made an effort, and searched the country 
round : 

But they never struck the trail where the bell could be found. 
They lost all their labor in their hunting exploration. 
And then gave up the chase as a useless operation. 



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The Spiritualists were called on for a revelation, 
To point out the very place of the lost belPs location: 
Six miles west it would be found, in the bottom of a well. 
But Hummer was disappointed ; he did not find the bell. 

Some sordid men then stole the bell, and took it to Salt Lake, 
And sold it to the Mormon Church, for filthy lucre's sake; 
And it is in their Temple now, as every Saint can tell. 
For they have heard the ringing sound of the great Hum- 
mer Bell. 

GRANDMOTHER'S QUILT 

Contributed by Elizabeth Irish 

The following poem was dedicated to Mrs. Margaret 
Mendenhall, a grand pioneer lady who came to Iowa sev- 
enty-six years ago. She has exhibited great skill and art in 
piecing twenty-six silk quilts at the age of ninety-one years 
for her grandchildren. 

* 'Blocks of yellow and red and blue. 
And brown and checkered and figured, too ; 
Pieced in a pattern prim and straight, 
Section to section, a perfect mate. 
Never a seam with a slighted space. 
Never a rough or a gathered place. 
Carefully wrought, and fair to see — 
Grandmother's quilt, come down to me. 

* * Stitches even and short and fine. 
Set in a straight unbroken line ; 
Each thread knotted with zealous care. 
Each seam fastened to hold and wear. 
Work of a wrinkled, trembling hand. 
But carefully fashioned, as first was planned, 
Fraught with a message, may it be. 
Grandmother's quilt, that comes to me. 



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Just a whisper of quiet days, 

Of humble duties and lowly ways ; 

Of life as swerveless and fine and true, 

As these wondrous blocks of brown and blue. 

Of something better than social foam, 

The quiet hours in a well-kept home ; 

Of lasting worth, may thy teachings be — 

Grandmother's quilt, come down to me/' 

William Mead, Grandson. 
Los Angeles, Cal. 



FINAL TRIBUTE PAID TO SION HILL 

(From the Daily Press) 

Sion Hill was born in Johnston County, North Carolina, 
on Oct. 15, 1820, and died at the home of his son Oliver C. 
Hill, 728 Clark Street, Iowa City, on Aug. 14, 1916— at the 
age of 95 years, 9 months, and 29 days. 

The funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 
at 2:30 p. m., at the Methodist church, three miles east of 
Iowa City. Rev. George Kee conducted the exercises. It 
was particularly ^*meet, fitting and proper^' that this edifice 
should be the scene of the last sad rites, inasmuch as Mr. 
Hill had helped to erect it, in 1855, and with his own hands 
had helped to mould the brick of which it is constructed. 

He was laid to rest in the Brick Chapel cemetery, in Scott 
Township, and there today sleeps all that is mortal of one 
of the most remarkable pioneers of Johnson County. 

He was the oldest son born to Green and Nancy Sneed 
Hill, who came to Iowa Territory in 1838, and a brother of 
the late James Hill who resided in pioneer days north of 
Iowa City on the Dubuque road and kept *'The Five Mile 
House.'' 

Sion Hill was the last man of the settlers who came hither 
in 1838. Of him there might be written a noteworthy little 



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history. He was one of the men to help survey the ground 
for the present Iowa City. He helped to set the large cor- 
ner stone on Summit Street that marked the southeast 
corner of the city in the first survey of one mile square. He 
plowed the first lot that was ever plowed in Iowa City. 
This was located just west of what is now the site of the 
Iowa City-Cedar Eapids interurban station. This belonged 
at one time to Jesse Berry. 

Mr. Hill drove the first team over what is now known as 
the *^Iowa City to Eochester Eoad.'^ This embraced two 
oxen hitched to a log about thirty feet long, which was 
dragged over the prairie to mark a trail to a little grist mill 
some distance east of where Eochester now stands. He was 
compelled to go thither to get corn ground, in order to se- 
cure meal for the family's bread. 

In the summer of 1838 he built, for his father, a log house, 
the first house ever erected in Scott Township, on what is 
known as the ^^Old Green Hill Farm'' three miles northeast 
of Iowa City. 

Mr. Hill was the last survivor of a company of thirteen 
families, consisting of fifty-one persons, men, women, and 
children, who started from South Bend, Ind., on April 1, 
1838, bound for the then almost unknown Iowa territory. 

He was the second man in that great little group to set 
foot on Iowa soil. The first was Joseph Stover, father of 
the late J. Y. Stover. 

In this company were the heads and members of the 
Stover, Hill, Miller, Ward, McGruder, Sweet, Smith, Eals- 
ton. Garner, Kelso, Eitter, Harris, and Swarts families. 

These fifty-one sturdy souls crossed the Mississippi Eiver 
on a little flatboat at a place called Wyoming. It required 
three days for all to make the crossing. That memorable 
voyage was made on May 5, 6, and 7. Three more days were 
devoted to traveling to their stopping place— Meyers ' 
Trading House, on the east bank of the Iowa Eiver, a few 
miles south of the present site of Iowa City. 



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To reach Iowa City, Mr. Hill, then a youth of not quite 
eighteen, made a wonderful journey. Walking the whole 
distance from South Bend, Ind., to the Iowa Eiver, he drove 
two yoke of oxen, hitched to a wagon, wherein rode his par- 
ents and other members of the family. 

Shortly after he had attained his majority, he started 
for himself,'' working where he could find a day's labor — 
making rails (for the munificent remuneration of fifty cents 
a hundred), chopping wood (at thirty-five cents per cord), 
or anything else that presented itself to his strong and 
sturdy hands to do. Thus toiling, he accumulated in due 
time the *^vast fortune of $15." Then he contracted for his 
first important real estate investment — purchasing forty 
acres of Uncle Sam's land, paying the government $1.25 
per acre for it. To this he added from time to time until he 
had accumulated two hundred acres of choice farm land in 
Scott Township. 

On Jan. 18, 1842, he was married to Miss Phoebe Jones, 
the daughter of Charles and Phoebe Workman Jones, the 
Eev. James L. Thompson, pastor of the M. E. church, of- 
ficiating. To this union were born three sons and three 
daughters of whom only one son and one daughter survive. 
They are Oliver C. Hill of Iowa City and Mrs. Henry Mette 
of Texas. 

Mrs. Hill, his wife, passed away on May 12, 1888. At 
that time he disposed of his farm to his children and there- 
after made his home with them. 

Mr. Hill was a self-made man. He lacked educational 
advantages, but conquered many obstacles, and displayed 
rare mental qualifications that were envied by many men, to 
whom *^book learning" was permitted by a kindly fate. 
He was a lifelong Eepublican and voted the Eepublican 
ticket from the time of William H. Harrison, the ninth Pres- 
ident of the United States, to the election of William How- 
ard Taft. Since then he has taken no active part in public 
life. 



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Thus almost a century of life, seventy-eight years of 
which were spent in or near the Athens of Iowa, this worthy 
pioneer, blazer of trails, and builder of city, county and 
State, is no more. He has been called to the Grreat Beyond, 
from the community that he watched develop from a wilder- 
ness to a beautiful and rich city. 

Mourning him deeply and sincerely, with his son and 
daughter, twelve grandchildren, and twenty-six great grand- 
children, there are innumerable friends and acquaintances. 

For many years this venerable pioneer has been an an- 
nual attendant at the Old Settlers^ Association picnic. The 
old settlers and younger generation will mourn the loss of 
their pioneer friend and companion, Sion Hill. 

'Tis hard to break the tender cord 

When love has bound the heart. 
'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words, 

^We must forever part.' 



IN MEMOEIAM 
By Elizabeth Irish 

Mrs. Margaret Tucker, wife and widow of James Tucker, 
was born in Butler County, Ohio, November 6, 1815; she 
died April 14, 1915, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob 
Kloos, Iowa City, Iowa, at the ripe old age of one hundred 
years (lacking a few months). Her husband died fourteen 
years ago at the age of ninety-one. She was a proud moth- 
er of six children, James Tucker, John Tucker, Alson 
Tucker, Mrs. Peter Kloos, Mrs. Will Ford, and Mrs. Jacob 
Kloos, and seven grandchildren, Mrs. Charles Zager, Mrs. 
H. S. Denton, Arthur Kloos, Ida Seydel, Albert Kloos, Fred 
Kloos, and Robert Tucker, all of whom survive her. 

Mrs. Tucker had resided in Johnson County since 1843. 



MRS. MAEGARET TUCKER 



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Her life going back nearly a century, almost tells the story 
of the life of a Nation, while her residence in this State, 
three-quarters of a century, dates back to the time when it 
was wild and uninhabited. 

She was a woman of sweet temper and the graces which 
go to make the life of a woman and to constitute the charm 
of a home. She was calm and patient, meeting the real 
shocks and bearing the burdens of pioneer life with courage 
and fortitude that never complained. 

So our pioneer mothers are passing away, of those who 
were with her in early days but few are left, soon all will 
be gone, and the perils they knew, the privations they 
braved, the happiness and pleasures that glinted like sun- 
beams through all, will be fireside traditions, tales told to 
the third and fourth generations. 

Mrs. Tucker was laid to rest April 16, 1915, beside her 
husband in the Grout Cemetery southwest of Iowa City. 
So closed a long active life of our pioneer friend and neigh- 
bor Mrs. Margaret Tucker. 



Contributed by Elizabeth Irish 

ROMA WHEELER WOODS 

Letter from Roma Wheeler Woods, a beloved pioneer of Iowa 
City, who passed away in Sutherland, Iowa, after a long life of 
noble service. 

Sutherland, Iowa, Sept. 1, 1915. 

Miss Elizabeth Ikish, 

Iowa City, Iowa. , 
My dear Miss Irish : — 

I was very glad to receive your prospectus. I enclose a 
notice that I gave of it in our town paper. It was generous 
of you to give the scholarship to the State. I made especial 



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appeal to our district to be sure to call their attention to it, 
and to our local paper. I have often wondered just who you 
were. The name Irish has a peculiar appeal to me associ- 
ated as it was with the first years of my married life in Iowa 
City. I did not know Captain Irish nor his wife so very 
well, but was always interested in them. I remember Mrs. 
Irish as a quiet, dignified, stately woman with her Quaker 
speech. I was always a little in awe of her — I knew she was 
a fine housekeeper while I was only a novice. I used to see 
the boys as they led their father about town after he be- 
came blind. The last time that I saw them we invited them 
over to a squirrel supper, which the Captain at least 
seemed to enjoy. Well, I am glad to have come in a little 
closer touch to know more about your work, which is surely 
fine. Glad to have your picture which mounted I will have 
upon the mantel, so that I can as opportunity occurs talk 
about you and your school. I have so longed to go to the 
Iowa City Old Settlers ^ Picnic but have never been able to 
do so. My husband was always so attached to the place 
where his boyhood was spent. I should be glad to hear from 
you again. 

Very sincerely, 

EoMA Wheeler Woods. 



IN MEMORIAM 
MES. ROMA WHEELER WOODS 
(Prom Sutherland Courier Journal) 

Roma Wheeler Woods was born in Perrysburg, Ohio, 
March 16, 1835. Died at her home in Sutherland, Iowa, 
F'obruary 29, 1916, and laid to rest in Waterman cemetery 
beside her beloved husband. 

In 1853 she came to Davenport, Iowa, with her parents, 



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crossing the Mississippi Eiver from Moline in skiffs. On 
Sept. 4, 1855, at her home in Davenport, she was married to 
William Huston Woods, of Iowa City. To this union two 
children were born, Martha Eoma, who died at the age of 
six years, and Houston Clay, who died in 1890 at the age of 
32. Her husband passed away in 1909 in Atlanta, Georgia, 
at the home of a nephew, W. Woods White. 

Their first home was in Iowa City, which was then the 
capital of the State. Mrs. Woods was assured by Iowa 
legislators that her songs were no small factor in securing 
the passage of the first Iowa temperance laws. During the 
Civil War she was an active member of the Army Aid So- 
ciety of Davenport which did much to relieve the suffering 
of the soldiers and their families. 

In 1869 she came with her husband and son to O'Brien 
County. 

In 1874 Mr. Woods established a library in their log cabin 
home. Mrs. Woods was the librarian and the books Mr. 
and Mrs. Woods had in their private library became the 
nucleus of the present library of Sutherland. It was a sub- 
scription library, some of the subscribers living twenty-two 
miles away. Into this home came the first piano of the 
county. Here was organized the first literary society, the 
tax payers' league and tax payers' association. 

Mrs. Woods was district chairman of the I. T. W. C. of 
the Eleventh District for four years, where she established 
the scholarship fund, before it was adopted by the State. 
She was for three years chairman of the Eleventh District 
Political Equality Clubs and edited the Standard, the State 
paper. 

She was also president of the W. E. C. four years and 
held the office of president in the various clubs of Suther- 
land, and in her death the clubs have lost an ever ready and 
helpful friend. 

Her work on earth is ended. Today she sings with the 
angelic hosts of heaven. 



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WILLIAM J. FELKNER 
By Ruth Irish Preston 

The late William J. Felkner lived nearly sixty-four years. 
He was born on a farm in the vicinity of Iowa City, July 18, 
1852. He died at his home, 810 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City, 
Iowa, May 11, 1916. He was the third son of Henry and 
Elizabeth Felkner, prominent pioneers of Iowa. The 
Felkner family is of German and Scotch descent and for 
several generations, on the mother's side, had been mem- 
bers of the Quaker faith. They came from Ohio into Iowa 
soon after the Blackhawk Purchase was thrown open for 
settlement and brought with them an inherited veneration 
for those forms of free government so aptly expressed by 
Manasseh Cutler in the ^^Bill of Rights'' for the North 
West Territory. 

William Felkner was educated in the schools of Iowa 
City, and on a farm in Johnson County he early learned to 
practice those sterling virtues of honesty, industry and 
economy for which his forebears were justly celebrated, 
and while yet young he courageously assumed his share of 
the many tasks that rural life in a pioneer community then 
presented. 

He inherited generously of those virtues and character- 
istics which go far toward making the man to whom the 
world looks for leadership and guidance. But Mr. Felkner 
rested not on his heritage, pardonably proud though he was 
of it. By service, by pure living, by rare tenderness to- 
ward human needs he made himself a power for great good 
in the community and won for himself the love and esteem 
of all who in any way had the good fortune to know him. 

Like his father, the late Henry Felkner, William was stal- 
wart in form, large hearted and kindly, and practiced ever 
in all his relations with men, a justice and mercy that never 
misled. 

As a true son of a pioneer, he was ever deeply interested 



HON. WILLIAM J. FELKNER 



Johnson County, Iowa 



21 



in the history and development of his native State and 
justly proud of the part his parents had taken in its up- 
building. His father had been one of Johnson County's 
earliest settlers, one of the organizers and law givers of the 
State of Iowa, and of him it has been said by one of his 
noble associates that ^*He was a typical pioneer. Who that 
has looked upon his giant form, crowned by a face limned 
in benignity and strength, can forget him!'' This man of 
strength, of courage, of ability and honor — this pioneer 
Henry Felkner, came into the wilderness of Iowa then 
known as the Blackhawk Purchase as early as 1837 accom- 
panied by two others of our celebrated and greatly beloved 
pioneers, Philip Clark and Eli Myers. These brave young 
men, joined by a few others of like courage and foresight, 
came into this region when the Indian trails and the rivers 
were the only highways of communication, and settling on 
the western edge of the Purchase, set to work at once to lay 
the foundation of the future State of Iowa. By peaceful 
though strenuous labor they in a few years wrought mar- 
vellous changes in the community that had but recently 
been a wilderness inhabited only by the Indian and the 
trapper. By the hands of these pioneers, the Indian trails 
of this vicinity were widened and along their deep cut banks 
the wigwams were giving way to the settlers' cabins. 
Meanwhile the tomahawk and scalping knife were being 
sheathed and the breaking plow and other instruments of 
peaceful husbandry were transforming the prairies into 
cultivated fields. 

In 1843 Mr. Felkner returned to his boyhood home in 
Ohio and claimed for his bride the sweet young Quakeress, 
Elizabeth Lewis, the choice of his youthful heart. Elizabeth 
was the daughter of Enoch Lewis and Mourning, his wife, 
and she was possessed of many virtues and graces inherited 
from a long line of noble and talented ancestry from which 
she sprang. 

Bravely, heroically, the young bride bade farewell to 



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parents and friends and turning her back upon the familiar 
scenes of her childhood she accompanied her husband to 
the home he had prepared for her far to the westward, be- 
yond the Mississippi. Thus, in 1843, some time yet ere 
Iowa had blossomed into statehood, did this young couple 
come to the banks of the beautiful Iowa and thereon estab- 
lish a home which, from that day to this, has been celebrated 
far and near for radiating ^'that silent influence for good 
that has ever gone with those of that faith. Famed also 
was that home as a center of sociability, culture and charm- 
ing good fellowship and it is a sweet memory of our pio- 
neers, oft repeated by them and their descendants, that 
''Over its threshold none ever passed without receiving the 
pleasant salutation, 'Thou art welcome.' " 

To be born into such a home and to inherit largely of 
splendid characteristics from parents so renowned for 
many virtues was the great good fortune of our friend the 
late William J. Felkner, and that he so lived as to pass 
along unsullied to his descendants this blessed inheritance 
is the testimony of all who knew him. Public spirited in a 
high degree and with rare good business judgment, he, like 
his father, gave generously of his time and thought to pub- 
lic affairs and he was frequently called upon to fill offices of 
trust other than those pertaining to his private business. 
He was a lifelong Democrat and one of the leaders of his 
party, being twice chosen to represent Cedar County in the 
General Assembly. During his tenure of office Mr. Felkner 
was an active member of many standing committees, prom- 
inent among which were "Judicial Districts, " Schools, 
"Board of Public Charities, "Soldiers' Orphans' Home," 
"Institution for Feeble Minded," "Compensation of Pub- 
lic Officers," "Retrenchment and Reform," "Appropria- 
tions, " " Claims, " " Banks and Banking, " " Public Lands, ' ' 
"Buildings," "Elections," and various others equally im- 
portant. 

Early in his young manhood he established a grain ele- 



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vator at Downey, Cedar County, Iowa, and at this important 
shipping point he made his home and for a number of 
years was an energetic leader in the business of the com- 
munity. Here in 1872 he married Miss Jessie Work, the 
talented daughter of John Work and Lydia, his wife, 
Boston people who being attracted by the glories of the 
Great West had come to Iowa in 1861, To William and 
Jessie Felkner were born seven children, of whom John, 
Jessie and Iowa died in infancy. Later an adopted daugh- 
ter Margaret was added to the household. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Felkner were both noted for their 
deep sympathies and broad charities. They worked much 
together in alleviating the sufferings of the unfortunate 
about them, doing all in so quiet and unostentatious a way 
that outsiders seldom realized who the Good Samaritans 
had been. While yet a busy man, though beginning to feel 
the touch of that relentless disease which finally overpow- 
ered him, Mr. Felkner removed to Iowa City to spend his 
declining years and to give to his children the advantages 
of the University town. Here in the home of his youth 
where his talents for public service were so well known he 
was soon chosen to be a member of the city school board. 
In spite of failing health and pressure of business Mr. 
Felkner responded to the call and served with distinction 
on this board for a term of years, being its president during 
a part of the time. It was during these years of his service 
that the reorganization of the Iowa City schools began: 
reorganization not alone to effect new buildings and equip- 
ment but also to enlarge and extend the scope of instruc- 
tion to suit the demands and ideals of the present day. 

Beside his deeply bereaved family Mr. Felkner left a 
large circle of friends both young and old to mourn his 
passing. Especially saddened by his death are the hearts 
of the *'01d Settlers'^ of Johnson County, for to them he 
was as a brother and they will sadly miss from their organ- 
izations his comradeship and good cheer. 



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The members of Mr. Felkner's family who survive him 
are his widow, Mrs. Jessie Work Felkner, and his four 
daughters, Mrs. H. C. Coifeen of Chicago, Mrs. Anne F. 
Hall and Miss Margaret of Iowa City, Miss Wilma Felkner 
of New York City, and his son, William W. Felkner, of 
Iowa City. Mrs. E. C. Haynes of Centerville, Iowa, the 
Misses Elizabeth and Eachel Felkner of Iowa City, and 
Clinton Felkner of Eldorado, Kansas, are the sisters and 
brothers of the deceased. 

To all of these whose hearts are so sorely stricken comes 
the consolation of knowing that the life of him whom they 
mourn was a well ordered one, his more than three score 
years being filled with achievement and well rounded out by 
devotion to duty; and it has indeed the calm beauty of 

^^A life that stands as all true lives have stood, 
Firm-rooted in the faith that God is Good.'' 



JACOB Y. STOVER 

Jacob Y. Stover, one of the oldest of Johnson County 
pioneers, passed away at his home in Iowa City on June 
30, 1916. He was ninety-two years, ten months, and twenty- 
six days old. 

Mr. Stover came to Johnson County with his parents, 
Joseph and Esther (Yount) Stover, when he was but fifteen 
years of age, or seventy-seven years ago. 

He was born in Wayne County, Indiana, August 4, 1823, 
but his parents moved to Iowa soon after. In 1838 the fam- 
ily came to J ohnson County, after a long and tedious jour- 
ney over the unbroken wilderness. 

In 1849, hearing of the wonders of the lands of the west, 
Mr. Stover responded to the call of the wild and the lure of 
adventure and set out with some others on a long and tedi- 



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ous journey across the plains for California. He arrived 
there only after numerous hardships and adventures, re- 
maining for three years. Returning he farmed for a year, 
then entered the wholesale grocery business, only to be a 
victim of the wild-cat money times. 

In 1852 he again started for California, again enduring 
many hardships and encountering many dangers before 
reaching the golden west.'' He intended to remain this 
time for good, but after three years he received word from 
his father, who was then getting very old, asking him to re- 
turn. Having prospered in the west, he returned to the 
Stover homestead in Johnson County in 1855 where he re- 
mained until 1896, when he retired from farm life and 
moved to Iowa City. 

Mr. Stover was married in 1863 to Susan R. Switzer, who 
survives him. Eight children were born to this union, six 
of whom are still living. They are S. Emma and Bessie E. 
Stover, both of Iowa City; Grant Stover of Burlington; 
Charles C. Stover of Milk River, Alberta, Canada ; J. Edwin 
Stover of Davenport ; and Samuel K. Stover of Minneapolis, 
Minnesota. 

Mr. Stover was a member of the Republican party and a 
consistent member of the Methodist church. 

At the time of his death Mr. Stover was one of three sur- 
vivors of the pioneer settlers of J ohnson County who came 
in 1838. Mr. Stover attended the first wedding in Johnson 
County and traveled three days through the wilderness to 
secure a minister of the Gospel to perform the ceremony. 

1524725 

IN MEMORIAM 

Contributed by Elizabeth Ikish 

Attorney Louis H. Jackson, a pioneer lawyer of Iowa 
City, died in Los Angeles, May 25, 1916. For a number of 
years he practiced law in Iowa City, being a member of the 



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firm of Boal & Jackson. Over twenty years ago Attorneys 
Boal and Jackson moved to Denver, Colorado, where they 
practiced law until Mr. BoaPs death; he then moved to Los 
Angeles, California. 

Mr. Jackson took a most active part in the business and 
professional life of Iowa City ; he was for a number of years 
a member of the school board and also served faithfully as 
superintendent of the Presbyterian Sunday School of this 
city. 

The home of Mr. Jackson was in Hemet, California, but 
he died in Los Angeles. His remains were brought to Iowa 
City for burial and the funeral services took place at the 
home of his brother-in-law, Lemuel Hunter, the Rev. Dr. 
Wylie officiating. 

Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Virginia McCrory 
Jackson, and one son, Lewis; also by two brothers and 
three sisters. He has numerous relatives in Iowa City and 
Johnson County. 



Contributed by Elizabeth Ieish 

AN APPRECIATION OF MRS. THOS, C. CARSON 

By Jno. p. Ikish 

Mrs. Carson was perhaps the last Iowa City matron of 
her time. Her residence in the Old Capital began back in 
the primitive and splendid days when pioneer conditions 
and traditions were yet the impulse of the spirit of our 
people. Within the city then were Mesdames Reno, Cul- 
bertson, Downey, Dey, Myers, Fracker, Ransom, Edwards 
and other members of a group of rare women and in the 
country were other fine women and fair, the farmers^ wives, 
all members of the same social community, in a time when 
society had not put on the artificial and had not lost the 
wholesome and natural ways of the frontier. 



Johnson County, Iowa 



27 



Of most gracious and engaging personality, Mrs. Carson 
may well be described as a lady of the old school, — consid- 
ate, gentle, dignified. 

Here her life passed to prime and its gracious age. Here 
she bore the sorrows and bereavements that are the com- 
mon lot, and supported them with high-souled faith and 
philosophy. 

Here she enjoyed the final felicity of a mother, in seeing 
her surviving children shape their lives and conduct by her 
example and become respected figures. 

Steadfast in her friendships and loyal to her high ideals, 
she passed peacefully to rest, meriting whatever beatitudes 
may lie beyond for the true and the faithful. 

Oakland, Calif., July 6, 1915. 



Contributed by Elizabeth Irish 
DR. LEORA JOHNSON 

(From Daily Press) 

Dr. Leora Johnson, one of Iowa City's most prominent 
and most highly-esteemed women, passed away December 
28, 1915, at her home at 22 North Clinton Street. 

She was born in Iowa City and had lived here all her life 
and had gathered a large circle of friends about her who 
will deeply mourn her untimely death. 

Dr. Johnson was prominent in medical circles, having 
been a graduate of the Homeopathic College of Medicine in 
1890, and was for many years clinical anaesthetist at the 
Homeopathic Hospital here. She also was in charge of the 
diseases of children at the same hospital formerly. She 
also enjoyed a large practice here. 

Late in October she was appointed lady humane officer 
for Iowa City by the city solons, and was installed in her 



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olBfice on Oct. 29th. She had the honor of being the first 
lady humane officer, or woman policeman, in the State of 
Iowa. 

Her father, Sylvanus Johnson, was one of the most prom- 
inent pioneers of the county. The south window in the 
Baptist church in this city was a memorial to Dr. Johnson *s 
father and mother and their deceased children and a gift 
from the noble woman who passed away last evening. 

Dr. Johnson was a faithful church member, being allied 
with the Baptist church of this city. She was a sister of 
Homer S. J ohnson of this city, who survives her. 

Her life was a busy one and it has been crowned with no 
little success, and she leaves scores of friends who will ten- 
der sympathy to those bereaved by her departure to the 
Great Beyond. 

Rev. C. H. Berry of the Baptist church conducted the 
funeral services. Interment was made in the family lot at 
Oakdale Cemetery. 



NECROLOGICAL REPORT 



By Mrs. Gilbert R. Irish 

AUGUST, 1914 



AGE DATE 

John Kriel 71 23 

Mrs. Pleasant O'Brion 78 12 



Margaret Smith O'Brion died at 
Castle Koek, Colorado. Her mother 
was a sister of Philip Clark, one of 
the first settlers of Johnson County. 



SEPTEMBER, 1914 

Mrs. Arthur Medowell 64 — Mrs. Hiram Toms 69 19 

John Lalla 54 6 Hugh Owen 55 25 



OCTOBER, 1914 



Mrs. Joseph Studer 59 4 

Frank Anderson 45 9 

Mrs. Joseph Hradek 76 9 

Mrs. Mary Hinman 86 17 

liobert Graham 69 19 



George Rider 64 

Abraham Plum 71 

Jacob Neumier 64 

Mrs. Margaret Moore 90 

Bert Sangster 46 



18 

20 
28 
26 
29 



Johnson County, Iowa 



29 



NOVEMBER, 1914 



AGE DATE AGE DATE 





, , .55 


1 


Mrs. Margaret Shrader . 


...68 


22 




, 65 


4 


Mrs. Michael Donahue , . 


76 


27 




67 


21 


Mrs. Anna Silbernagle . 


. ..81 


29 


Albert Stnib 


. . . .54 


7 






29 




72 


17 


Mrs. A. F. Weeber 


, , ,39 


24 




, , , ,89 


25 









DECEMBER, 1914 



Charles A. Rogers 56 1 

Mrs. Rose Kintz Smith 65 2 

Mrs. W. P. Coast 72 14 

Mrs. Julia Parrott Teneick 62 20 

Mrs. Mary Jane Mullen 78 23 

Mrs. L. G. Lawyer 43 24 

John .Stover 88 19 



J. H. C. Wilson 70 16 

George Anderson 67 15 

Robert Berryhill — 27 

Mrs. Mary D. Folsom 95 22 

Mrs. Charlotte Conrad Brown 74 30 

Mrs. Ellen Jordan 71 30 

Horace L. Page. 71 14 



JANUARY, 1915 

Samuel Spinden 82 8 Mrs. Mary O. Stevens Coldren 74 24 

Mrs. Adam Schwimley ....62 14 Mrs. Mary Corcran 81 24 

Mrs. Caroline B. Koser....73 17 Miss Lucy Hemstead 71 30 

Mrs. C. M. Hobby 67 18 John Hanley 53 31 



FEBRUARY, 1915 

Eekhardt Hormel 76 5 William Parrott 58 4 

Mrs. Hester Weed 79 5 Elias Warren Patterson 88 1 



Mrs. Elizabeth Hursley Con- 

dora 105 

Mrs. J. W. Rich 72 

Francis Johnson 71 

Timothy Fairchild 78 

Mrs. Antone Linder 83 

Mrs. William Hopp 85 

Edward Murphy 44 

Mrs. J. G. Sperry 87 

Mrs. Martha Marshall 76 

John Unrath 48 

Jacob G. Beck 58 

Mrs. Margaret Tucker 99 

James N. Burge 67 

Mrs. P. Roessler — 



MARCH, 1915 

Henry Berger 84 

2 Mr. Wm. P. Coast 74 

10 John Lindsay Varner 75 

16 Peter Kloos 74 

15 John N. McComas 68 

18 Mrs. Philip B. Macbride 27 

18 Harry W. Fairall 39 

APRIL, 1915 

3 Harvey Rogers 46 

7 Ezra Owen 74 

6 John Parrott 58 

9 Mrs. Lydia Ulch 92 

7 Theodore M. Davis 85 

14 Mrs. Avis Hindman 89 

14 Widow of Rev. John Hindman 
24 



13 
21 
24 
24 

30 
31 



28 
14 
17 
27 
23 
6 



30 



The Old Settlers' Association of 



MAY, 

AGE DATE 

Philip Eberle 70 4 

Mrs. Alice O'Reilej 46 1 

Conrad Hormel 76 10 



1915 

AGE DATE 

Emlin McClain 64 24 

Cyrus S. Banck 70 24 



William W. W. Kirkwood. .82 


11 


Mrs. Eli Bell 


, . ,79 


13 




, 60 


13 




71 


18 




. . .75 


22 



;, 1915 

Mrs. Josephine Mary Carson 80 24 
Widow of Thos, Carson 

John Wesley Templin 73 28 

Dennis Murphy 92 30 





, , 69 


9 


Mrs. Josephine Sook . . 


. . . .70 


13 




, , . , 74 


11 


D. K. Shaver 


, , , , 93 


15 




64 


14 



1915 



George W. Ball, Sr 


, , 68 


18 




. , .86 


19 




, . ,91 


31 


Wm. Strubel 


24 


3 




. , ,62 


26 



AUGUST, 1915 

Abraham Martin 75 21 Mrs. Julia Strub 93 28 

William H. Murphy 60 23 Mrs. F. M. Krup 61 28 

Mrs. Dr. M. Young 60 24 George Sanders 78 25 

Wm. Hauber, Sr ...76 11 Charles Murry 70 27 



SEPTEMBER, 1915 





.49 


5 




. , ,38 


27 


Mrs. Anna Fitzpatrick . . . 


.70 


5 




, , ,74 


28 


Mrs. Elizabeth Augustine . 


.86 


9 




. . .61 


21 


Miss Dorothy M. Holubar. . 


.13 


2 


Resident of Graham Township, John- 


Geo. Attig 


.80 


12 


son County; number of 


years 


store- 




21 


30 


keeper at Morse, Iowa. 








OCTOBER, 1915 








.57 


2 


Hermon Boggs 


. . ,65 


21 




,61 


2 


Mrs. Anna M. Harrison. . 


. , ,85 


22 




85 


6 


Prof. W. A. Willis 


. . ,77 


22 




.83 


6 


Anthony Gallaugher . . . . 


, , , 52 


22 




72 


7 


Mrs. Priscilla F. Sharpie! 


3s. .87 


23 


Mrs. J. F. Ramsey 


.70 


9 


Valentine Wieder 


. . .85 


24 


Asa D. Stiles 


82 


5 




, . .25 


24 


Miss Jennie O'Hanlon 


.25 


13 


Son of Geo. Lewis 




J. W. Anderson 


.65 


21 


Choralista B. Smiley , 






Mrs. Thomas Murphy Fry. 


.62 


20 


Mrs. Mary Stover Ritter. 


...98 


13 



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NOVEMBER, 1915 



AGE DATE 

Mrs. Henry Speight 83 1 

J. W. Clark 68 8 

Gus Sievers 56 10 

Mrs. Lueinda W. Drake 92 4 

Mrs. Josephine Henik 55 14 



AGE DATE 

William M. Hill 90 . 18 

Mrs. Ed L. Grain — 11 

James Leighty 65 28 

Phillip McDermott ..75 20 

Dr. Calvin Starr 94 25 



DECEMBER, 1915 



Samuel Lininger 65 13 

Mrs. Catherine Sueppel 80 15 

John M. Thomas 66 18 

Capt. Geo. R. Hall 75 19 

Mrs. Dr. Carder 50 18 

William H. Miller 55 24 

Charles H. Warner 43 27 

Dr. Leora Johnson 66 28 

John Higgins 65 28 



Mrs. Charles R. Kimball 66 25 

Robert Shellady 50 30 

Mrs. Mary E. Heck 70 29 

C. B. McLaughlin 80 26 

Patrick O'Connor 40 27 

Mrs. Marie Kestner Kintz..92 21 

John Hick 76 23 

Resident 62 years of the county. 



JANUARY, 1916 



Henry N. Berry 71 1 

James Paintin 60 1 

William Henry Thompson . . 68 1 

Miss Anna J. Leonard 56 3 

Mrs. Gill r. Paul.......... 62 4 

Mrs. Henry Hastings 82 6 

P. L. Connelly — 3 

Mrs. Geo. Printz 70 4 

George Printz 75 4 

Mrs. Catharine Lodge — 3 

Mrs. Barbara Coufal — — 

Robert Spencer 72 8 



Mrs. Samuel Cozine. ...... .74 13 

Ambrose Brown 66 16 

Frank Eicher 63 14 

Mrs. A. E. Underwood 83 13 

Mrs. Catharine Balluff 60 22 

Mrs. Emma Rugg Orison. ..74 27 

Frank J. Rittenmeyer 65 26 

Mrs. Antone Corso 47 27 

Mrs. Emily Winborn Weeks 83 18 

Thomas Heenan — 12 

Mrs. Balthazer Degenhart . . 85 26 

Mrs. J. W. Campbell — 21 



FEBRUARY, 1916 





60 


1 


Mrs. Alice Ford Gearkee. . . 


.65 


17 




, ,68 


2 




30 


18 




43 


2 




62 


18 


Mrs. Elizabeth Sentman . 




2 


E. P. Culver 


50 


22 




, ,71 


3 




90 


25 


William Peters Hepburn . 


. . 83 


7 




57 


28 


Mrs. Elizabeth Dolby .... 


, ,87 


9 


Nee Emma Fieseler 






Resident 60 years 






Mrs. Roma Wheeler Woods 


81 


29 




. .60 


25 




56 


27 




, ,64 


14 


Hiram Toms 


76 


25 



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MAECH, 1916 





AGE 


DATE 




, ,38 


o 

u 




,78 


9 




,79 


5 




64 


A 

'k 




, ,66 


7 




, ,73 


4 


Mrs. Theodore Buttles Davis 80 


7 




. .74 


8 


Mrs. Michael Engelhardt 








, 64 


17 



AGE DATE 

Dan Bothel 77 21 

Albert Hubbard 90 20 

Mrs. John Goody 85 20 

Mrs. Mabel Foster Peet 38 25 

Mrs. Winfred Welton 27 22 

Frank Titus 64 23 

Frank Schlenk 37 20 

Mrs. Frank Worrell Slach. . .28 19 



Wm. A. Fry 74 

Mrs. John Voparil 26 

James Chansky 50 

Mrs. E. J. Watkins 26 

Mrs. Pierce Wall 70 

Mr. George Russel 70 

Mrs. Mary S. Dobry 69 

Mrs. Edward Battle Murphy 49 



APRIL, 1916 

8 William Schwab 72 1 

9 Mary Kathryn Denneny . . . .26 15 
4 Virgil Hartsock 76 6 

11 Joseph Schulze 90 16 

12 Mrs. Adaline Gibson 82 21 

12 Mrs. Mary Richtfir 82 26 

12 Mrs. William Roessler 36 26 

13 L. F. Shoals 91 25 



MAY, 1916 



C. Yetter 56 6 

Mrs. John Lloyd 50 6 

Hon. William J. Felkner 55 12 

Mrs. Mary Liddle Luscombe 78 14 

Samuel A. Myers 52 14 

Mrs. Adeline Benner 64 18 



Miss Maria L. Hammer 95 28 

Mrs. Catherine Douglas Clin- 
ton 73 29 

Otto Jensen 73 22 

Frank J. Jordon 31 31 



JUNE, 1916 

John Reynolds 75 9 Fredrick W. Upmeyer 75 17 

Homer L. SwafPord 67 10 Jacob Y. Stover 93 30 

John Hands 63 24 



Mrs. Euclid Sanders resided in 
Iowa City all her life. 

Mrs. Mary Terrell Sanders. .65 6 

Frank Reha 89 9 

Resident 54 years 

Miss Anna 0. Koza 36 8 

James W. Huffman 80 10 



", 1916 



Mrs. George Bradley . . 


, , 72 


12 


Mrs. Justina Mueller . . , 


, . . .62 


20 


Mrs. Elizabeth Kurz . . 


. ... 84 


18 




, , , ,21 


23 


Philip Vogel 


. ... 74 


26 




. . . , 83 


20 



Sion Hill 



AUGUST, 1916 
95 14 Mrs. Laura Stiles Taylor... 31 17 



OFFICERS OF THE 
JOHNSON COUNTY OLD SETTLERS 
ASSOCIATION 



For the Year 1916 

President W. P. Hohenschuh 

First Vice-President ' Milton Remley 

Second Vice-President W. T. Pkatt 

Secretary H. J. Wieneke 

Treasurer O. A. Byington 

Necrologist Mrs. Gr. R. Irish 



Executive Committee: 

Emery Westcott 
S. C. Jones 
J. J. Metzger 



Miss Elizabeth Irish 
John McCollister 
Horace Sanders 



Date of Annual Meeting for 1916: September 14th